Outside the preseason pecking order, the Buckeyes were considered a league also-ran. After an impressive win over Michigan State to start the month and a much-improved roster, Chris Holtmann's team is exceeding expectations.
Kentucky and Florida remain the gold standard in the SEC and face off Saturday, while Ohio State and Stanford will try to stay on the upswing.
KJ Feagin scored 23 with three assists, three steals and a blocked shot to propel Santa Clara to a 65-62 victory over San Francisco on Thursday night.
Tres Tinkle had 16 points and Oregon State snapped a two-game losing streak with a 69-63 victory over UCLA on Thursday night.
Elijah Bryant scored 20 of his 29 points in the first half and BYU defeated Loyola Marymount 82-67 on Thursday night.
Justin Johnson totaled 18 points to lead five players in double figures, Dwight Coleby notched his eighth double-double of the season and Western Kentucky remained unbeaten in conference play with a 77-69 victory over UAB on Thursday night.
NCAAM RPI Leader
|RK||TEAM||CONF||W-L||BPI RK||SOS RK||SOR RK||RPI RK|
|5||Michigan StateMSU||Big Ten||16-3||5||78||16||35|
|10||Texas TechTTU||Big 12||15-3||10||42||11||16|
|12||West VirginiaWVU||Big 12||15-3||12||25||9||18|
|17||Ohio StateOSU||Big Ten||16-4||17||15||12||19|
- BPI RK: Rank in the Basketball Power Index (BPI) among all Division I teams.
- SOS RK: Strength of Schedule (SOS) rank among all Division I teams based on how a typical 25th ranked team would do against each team's schedule to date. SOS accounts for the game location, day's rest, travel distance, and high altitude in addition to opponent strength.
- SOR RK: Rank of Strength of Record (SOR) among all Division I teams. SOR reflects the chance a typical 25th ranked team would have team's record or better, given the schedule on a 0 to 100 scale, where 100 is best.
- RPI RK: Team's rank in official NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI).